Corruption

July 27, 2018 - 3:20 pm
New York, NY (WBEN/AP) Sheldon Silver, a former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before criminal charges abruptly ended his career, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison by a judge who said political corruption in the state must end. The punishment,...
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July 21, 2018 - 8:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is begging for mercy ahead of his sentencing next week, telling a judge he prays he will not die in prison. The 74-year-old Democrat submitted a letter in Manhattan federal court late Friday, saying he and his wife "are both crumbling...
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Tom Puckett
July 17, 2018 - 2:29 pm
New York, NY (WBEN/AP) A former state Senate leader and his son have been convicted of bribery and extortion charges. A jury reached the verdict on Tuesday in the case against Dean Skelos and his son, Adam. The two were accused of selling the once-powerful Republican's office by pressuring wealthy...
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Tom Puckett
June 28, 2018 - 12:41 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Former State Senator Marc Panepinto pleads guilty to public corruption charge in connection with inappropriate contact with a female staffer, then offering her money and employment to not cooperate with a state ethics investigation. Panepinto, 53, pleaded guilty before U.S...
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May 11, 2018 - 5:15 pm
New York, NY (AP/WBEN) - A jury convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges Friday, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid years in prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government. The...
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February 05, 2018 - 4:40 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — The government's key witness in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the witness stand Monday against a friend he likened to a brother, saying he found corrupt businessmen willing to pay bribes to help his friend cope with...
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Richard Root
December 06, 2017 - 5:14 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - LPCiminelli is getting out of the contracting business, auctioning off all of its construction equipment and will focus primarily on management and development efforts. The change in operations was confirmed to the Buffalo News late Tuesday via an email from new company...
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Tom Puckett
May 09, 2017 - 2:25 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A father and son admit they conspired to bribe Buffalo Police officers to steer auto repair business to their facility. James Mazzariello, Jr., 62, and his son, Adam Mazzariello, 37, both of Alden, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiring to...
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